Week 10 in the NFL had a lot of upsets. The theme for this week is simple… something my mom always said to me growing up. The truth always comes out in the end. Here are 5 things we learned from the NFL.
The Insanity that is the AFC EAST- Despite his super conservative play calling in the 2nd half, Rex Ryan and the Bills defeated the Jets, at MetLife Stadium, 22-17. After the game Ryan was seen on the sidelines jumping around like he won the Super Bowl. Ryan acted like a frat boy who just won a $50 beer pong tournament. The Jets were just as conservative, a few times during the game New York had 3rd and short yardage and 4th and short yardage. The Jets threw the ball behind the line up scrimmage instead of throwing it downfield, pass the first down marker. I have seen the Jets do this for decades. On a 3rd and 8 they will throw the ball 4 yards. The Bills are 5-4, the Jets are 5-4 and the Dolphins are 4-5. This is what you get when you have defensive minded, conservative coaches going up against Tom Brady. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. You will never consistently beat the Patriots with defense, you need to outscore them. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Tannehill will never be able to do this consistently.
The Patriots are 9-0 for a reason- When Josh Brown of the New York Giants kicked a 29 yard field goal the Giants took the lead 26-24. With 1:47 left in the 4th quarter, I knew the game was over. I Tweeted, “I have seen this script 1,000 times, The Patriots will kick a game winning field goal. The Giants didn’t score a touchdown, they kicked a FG and left to much time on the clock. Bill Belichick used his timeouts wisely, giving Brady enough time to drive down the field. Some people called the Patriots lucky because Odell Beckham Jr. dropped a touchdown pass and the Giants dropped a sure interception. The Patriots aren’t lucky, they are good. There is a reason they keep wining division title after division titles. They were playing without a running back Dion Lewis and Julian Edelman yet they won a tough road game. They are the best organization in sports and win close games constantly, it is not luck… it is skill.
What is wrong with the Green Bay Packers? The Minnesota Vikings are 7-2, the Green Bay Packers are 6-3. The Packers seem to be out of sync on offense. They lost their number 1 wide receiver Jordy Nelson in the preseason (98 receptions and 13 touchdowns last season). But, normally Rodgers will adjust to what he has. He hasn’t this year and I believe it is because he has lost faith in WR, Randall Cobb. Over the past two games Rodgers has thrown at Cobb 22 times for 9 completions. During Sunday’s loss against the Lions, Rodgers threw 8 straight times away from Cobb. I am not saying this is a similar situation with Tom Brady and Randy Moss, but Rodgers doesn’t seem to have confidence in his number 1 wide receiver. I still like the Packers to win this division, but they need to right the ship before it is too late. It was the first time since 1991 that the Lions have won in Green Bay.
It is over for Peyton Manning- Under Peyton Manning, The Denver Broncos are 19-2 in September and October, they are 13-7 in November and December. Against the Kansas City Chiefs Manning was 5-20 for 35 yards, 0 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. On the year he has 9 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. I wrote in the pre-season that the Broncos defense is good enough to win but Manning’s arm is shot. He once had a 90 mile an hour fastball, now he has a 75 mile an hour change up. As the cold weather approaches he will become less and less effective. Age catches up with every great athlete and it has caught up to Manning. I expect him to retire at the end of the season.
Rob Ryan is finally fired- Great coordinators don’t get fired, they become head coaches. I wrote in the pre-season… How does Rob Ryan still have a job? He has now been fired by the, Raiders, Browns Cowboys and Saints. Just to show you how bad Ryan has been as a defensive coordinator I am going to compare every quarterback he has faced with MVP Candidate Tom Brady.
Tom Brady: Completion % 67.8, TD-INT 24-3 QBR 71.6
QB’s against the Saints: Completion % 66.7, TD-INT 28-4 QBR 78.7
Rob is a lot like his brother Rex, They are stuck in their ways and teams have adjusted to their blitz packages.
Andy Dalton lost the Monday Night game 10-6. He is now 4-12 in Games played on Primetime and playoff games. When he is in the spotlight he becomes a JV quarterback.
The Carolina Panthers are 9-0. I still don’t think they can win a Super Bowl with that offense but I give them a lot of credit for an amazing start to the season.
The NFC East is still anyone’s division. Giants… 5-5, Redskins…4-5, Eagles…4-5, and Dallas is 2-7
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